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It's time patent trolls were put out of business

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As examples of IP adventurism, Amazon patented the practice of taking product photos on white backgrounds, while Apple persuaded courts to grant it some questionable patents.

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As examples of IP adventurism, Amazon patented the practice of taking product photos on white backgrounds, while Apple persuaded courts to grant it some questionable patents.

IN A recent episode of HBO's sitcom Silicon Valley, a lawyer tries to extort money from a struggling startup by threatening to sue it for patent infringement.

The troll, who understands nothing about the underlying technology, owns a patent so broad as to be unenforceable, but knows that

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